WATCH: Shubhman Gill uses tennis balls and a tennis racquet to tackle Mark Wood against England

Indian batter Shubhman Gill was seen using a unique practice method to tackle the Mark Wood challenge, as the Men in Blue are set to take on England in Lucknow. The hosts have been the best team in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023, with a record of five back-to-back wins in the hope of repeating the triumph from 2011.

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Coming back to India’s optional net session,  Shubhman Gill faced throws down with tennis balls and a tennis racquet to familiarise himself with the extra bounce generated by Mark Wood. Gill hasn’t had a great World Cup so far as he missed the first two games of the tournament due to dengue.

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Talking about the English Team, the defending champions have had a dismal tournament with just one win out of five games. Their most recent losses came against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru, who ran through England’s batting and bundled them out for 156. It was a similar effort in the second innings as well and the Lankans finished off the game with eight wickets in hand.

Addressing this performance, England captain Jos Buttler expressed dejection and disappointment as he said,  “It certainly looks that way and that’s incredibly disappointing. You get on the plane to come to India and we’re in a really good position as a team. Everything looking like it’s going to plan and it’s just not worked at all.”

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